Blackpool's lifeboat among busiest

RNLI crews in Blackpool rescued 23 people in 2012 Photo: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Volunteer lifeboat crews based in Blackpool were among the busiest in the North of England last year.

According to figures from the RNLI they made 92 launches and rescued 23 people.

Across the North, RNLI crews made almost a fifth more lifeboat launches in 2012 compared to the year before.

About half the rescues were to recreational craft, 22% were to people ashore, 15% to people in the water and 8% to fishing or other commercial vessels.

“The figures show that our volunteers dedicate a huge amount of their time to saving lives at sea. To know that they are on call 24/7, every day of the year is reassuring for all of us who venture out to sea around the UK and Ireland.

“And it's not just our crew who are committed to our charity - they wouldn't be able to carry out their lifesaving work without the incredible generosity of the public and I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all those who support the RNLI, whether by giving up their time or by making a donation.”

– Michael Vlasto, RNLI Operations Director